Workshops for Kids  & Adults


Kids’ Workshops

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Afterschool Workshop Gallery

Monday Crafternoons 3:30-4:45 Ages: 7+

Projects are designed to be appropriate for ages 7+. We teach a wide variety of skills such as sewing, paper & fiber arts, knitting, building with small hand tools and art appreciation. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SPRING Projects: ALL Things Spring!

Kids will create a gorgeous wire and bead wall hanging that incorporates, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and birds...perfect for a front door or wall. It can also be designed as a mobile to hang from the ceiling.

Then, we'll take a look at the life and work of Hilma af Klint (Currently on exhibit at the Guggenheim in NY), a 20th Century artist who was ahead of her time and who is just now finding her place in the history books. Kids will explore her themes of botanicals, geometric shapes, colors of spring and the deep stories buried within. They will come home with a painting and a piece of history...if her work every comes to Chicago, your kids will be in-the-know with a deep appreciation for Klint.

Tuesday Sew Smart    

3:30-5pm Ages: 6+

Students 6-7 will begin by learning hand sewing.

Students 8+ will master the use of a hand sewing and progress to learning how to run a machine. Various hand stitches are taught along with machine techniques to develop well-rounded sewing students They will make a wide variety of whimsical and useful projects.


Wednesday Fashionistas
3:30-5pm Ages: 8+

This sewing class will primarily focus on creating garments. New and younger students will begin with hand sewn projects and more experienced students will work from a pattern work on sewing machine skills.

Occasionally, students will make other accessories and projects. Instructors will teach the tips and tricks of fitting, putting in zippers, snaps, buttons and everything it takes to make a garment look good.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Thursday MakerNature Club

September-November 3:15-5pm

Group One: 1st-3rd grade

Group Two: 4th grade     

The Little Bits Workshop is just blocks from one of the most beautiful natural areas in the Western Suburbs: Thatcher Woods. This new after school program (inspired by Forest Schools across Europe and the work of Andy Goldsworthy) will be a combination identifying plants, animals, insects and birds; keeping a nature journal, bushcraft skills and learning how to draw what we discover; creating wonderful nature-inspired projects from wood and other natural materials and simply teaching kids how to be good stewards of the tremendous gift of our natural spaces.  Kids will also build forts, cairns, mud paths, gnome houses and create Forest Art. MakerNature Club is fueled by the belief that kids don’t get outside enough. Dress for the weather!


Thursday Sewing Workshop

September-November 3:15-5pm

Ages 7+

Students will learn a wide variety of skills through many different kinds of projects based on their own abilities and skill levels. It will be a combination of hand and machine sewing.


Friday Crafternoons  


Group One: 1st-4th 3:15-4:45pm

Group Two: Middle School  3:45-5pm

We will have 2 different classes downstairs and upstairs differentiated by skill level and age. Kids will learn a wide variety of skills such as sewing, paper & fiber arts, knitting, building with small hand tools and art appreciation. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Afterschool Workshops in Oak Park

Tuesday: Hatch Crafternoon & Hatch Knitting Club

Wednesday: Irving, Longfellow Crafternoons

Friday: Mann

Contact your PTO to register.

Saturday Sew Amazing All ages 8+

9:30am - 11:30am

Ages: 7-Adults Cost  $150 for 4-week session

Get going with the basics! Even if you’ve never sewn before, you’ll have success right from the start. At the first session, beginners learn hand sewing and then progress to learning to thread and operate a sewing machine! This class teaches traditional sewing skills (consistent seams, stitching curves, reading and cutting out patterns, and making buttonholes). Projects vary according to season and ages of students.


Saturday Knitting Club

October - March

Beginners & Experienced   9:30 - 11:30, ages 7-Adult

Registration is by the month, $25 per class

$5 materials fee per registration

Knitting & Crochet Club is designed for beginners and experienced knitters. Those with previous experience will be able to choose from a range of projects according to skill level and interests. Family and friends registering together will receive a reduced fee.



Adult Workshops

Saturday Knitting Club & Sewing are for kids and adults! See class description on the left.

Get a group of friends together to do a workshop..sewing, jewelry, art pick! And BYOW!

Plan on a 3 hour workshop to have time to just have fun, catch up with friends, escape the routine and create. A 3 hour workshop is $350 for up to 10 participants.

Adults and Kids LOVE making The Little Bits Cottage together. Plan a parent/child workshop with family or friends. It’s SOOOO much fun!